2019 is the first year in which both editions of The Soul Show exist for BHM: the 20-something TSS of Pittsburgh, and the fledgling TSS(ii) broadcasting from the hills of St. Thomas to St. Croix, St. John, the BVI and eastern Puerto Rico. That means that Black History themes can be layered each weekend, so we did “The 1st Nine Years of Soul Train” and “The Early EWF Years” back to back on 2/2/19. TSS(ii) now streams at WTJX.org, TuneIn and Next on Saturday evenings at 8pm Atlantic/7pm Eastern, and its archives live here at soulshowmike.org.
Welcome to Black History Month 2019! In this first weekend on TSS Pittsburgh, we celebrate the life of James Ingram, discovered by Quincy Jones and whose voice beautifully melded silk with grit. Also, here’s a reprise of a Soul Train special presentation, in which we sequentially represented each of Don Cornelius’ first nine years. I sat down with Jamaican transplant Lloyd “Cookie” Willacy to discuss his intersections with Marley, and we reviewed “Kaya” and “Rastaman Vibration” in advance of an upcoming Legendary Album Series presentation at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. See the soulshowmike.org Concert Calendar for details.
…and in this Virgin Islands episode of TSS, we played a couple of tracks to honor James Ingram, the producer/songwriter who voice was discovered by Quincy Jones. Also, the trajectory of Earth, Wind & Fire’s first and middle releases is covered over the nine segments of the show. Enjoy!